The long wait is almost over for Cal. A long training camp and over a week of game planning for Maryland is in the books. The Bears will have their usual Friday walkthrough tomorrow and then it will be game day.
Cal’s players are ready. They were hooting and hollering as practice wound down tonight. You can tell they are ready to play an actual opponent.
A few quick notes:
–Cornerback Darian Hagan didn’t practice again because of knee tendonitis, but coach Jeff Tedford maintained that he will play Saturday. When asked about Hagan’s status, defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said: “We’ll see at game time. Hopefully he’s OK.”
–Linebacker Eddie Young was held out of practice because he is sick, but Tedford said he will play Saturday. “We’re holding him out so he doesn’t get anyone else sick,” Tedford said.
–Gregory said the linebackers are set with Young and Mike Mohamed on the outside and Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt on the inside. He singled out Devin Bishop and Keith Browner as backups who should get significant reps.
–Gregory said as of right now, junior college transfer Ryan Davis will redshirt the season. Fellow JC transfer Jarred Price is slotted to play in Cal’s subpackages, meaning he should be mostly a rush specialist.
–Gregory on Holt: “He’s just improved. He’s a very coachable guy. When we need something out of him, he does it. He certainly has improved.”
–Gregory said the reason defensive back Chris Conte wasn’t included on the depth chart is because his injury during camp set him back. He said he expects Conte to be one of the team’s top four safeties once he is 100 percent healthy.